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Grand Valley Power's nine board members, elected at-large, serve three-year, staggered terms. Grand Valley Power's members elect three board members by mail-in ballots or in-person at the Annual Meeting held each summer. If three or fewer members seek election, then Grand Valley Power will forego the mail ballots and the election of the Directors will take place during the annual meeting.
Each Grand Valley Power member has the right to vote for up to three directors to be elected. Members have only one ballot per election, regardless of the number of accounts with Grand Valley Power. The account holder or spouse, but not both, is eligible to vote. All election and voting issues are overseen by an independent election supervisory committee.
Unlike governmental elections, not all registered voters in the household can vote in the Grand Valley Power elections. Members who are unclear of their membership or account status are urged to call Grand Valley Power's Member Services department at 970-242-0040 for verification.
Running for the Board of Directors
To be eligible to become or remain a director, a person must be a Grand Valley Power member and receive electric service from Grand Valley Power at the member's primary residence. A director cannot be engaged in a competing enterprise or in other businesses involving a conflict of interest. Grand Valley Power's Bylaws provide in-depth information on director qualifications, terms, elections, meetings and officers.
To be a qualified nominee for the Board, all candidates, including non-incumbents, must agree to abide by the cooperative's Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Policies, including Policy Bulletin No. 50 - Voting and Elections.
Ballot Mailing Deadline
If a contested election is held, mail ballots will be delivered in July. Mail ballots should be deposited with the USPS so they are received prior to the close of business on the day of the Annual Meeting. Ballots may also be deposited in the secure ballot box located at GVP's Headquarters (845 22 Road) by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Annual Meeting, or at the Annual Meeting. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.
Nominating Petitions for Director on the Board of Directors
Nominating petitions for Director on the Grand Valley Power Board of Directors will be available to be picked up in the spring. Watch this web page for more information.